Man guilty of prolonged sex abuse of girl

A Taranaki man has been found guilty of sexually molesting a young girl from the time she was four years old.

Taranaki man Shane Allen, 67, now of Patea, denied five counts of unlawful sexual connection and indecent assault of the girl in North Taranaki between 1994 to 2002.

However after two hours' deliberation yesterday, a New Plymouth District Court jury returned with unanimous guilty verdicts to all charges, some of which were representative of the ongoing abuse.

On the first day of the trial on Monday, Crown prosecutor Justin Marinovich said Allen used the young girl for his own sexual gratification, systematically offending against her when she was aged between 4 and 11.

The victim, who by law has automatic name suppression, is now 24.

Judge Allan Roberts denied Allen bail, remanding him in custody until sentence on July 4.

The judge called for a full pre-sentence report covering all options.

In remanding Allen in custody, the judge said it concerned him to hear at trial that efforts were made by the victim's family to have her step back from complaining when she was younger - and had succeeded.

Taranaki Daily News